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DAB retro fit

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I realise there have been discussions regarding this subject before, but things move on!

 

So - what is the latest thinking on this? I'm going to ask at the dealership if they have something available, but I'm sure there will be a few options.

 

Ideally I'd like something that works with the iDrive.

 

 

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I'd go for a company who specialises in custom mods as opposed to a BMW dealership for this.

 

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IN the early months of the F10/F11 BMW had a specific fit DAB retrofit for around £299 fitted. I'd ask them if this is still available.

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The BMW dab retrofit above was rubbish and is just a Micky mouse dab receiver that tunes into FM on the iDrive. The full dab on the CIC is built into the headunit unlike the CCC that had a separate module. BMW won't officially retrofit it but you could do it after market but it will be expensive. 

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I have no experience of the BMW retrofit vs any other aftermarket implementation but unless you go the full CIC replacement route (at significant cost) I'm not sure of a better way than tapping into the FM stream. 

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This is only a personal view.

FM quality is better than dab. Whilst there are a vast number of dab stations, if your travelling up and down the country the signal drops out frequently. I have had dab and fm in this and my last car and to be honest only use the FM. Try switching a station from the dab signal to fm and you will notice the quality difference. Plus the FM always tunes to the strongest signal whereas dab won't. 

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I think DAB audio quality is better than FM. BUT, the delivery consistency is the issue. If you get a DAB signal and manage to hold it, the quality of the audio, which I think is what Luke has said about, but with a little more detail. 

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1 hour ago, Lukenkarl said:

This is only a personal view.

FM quality is better than dab. Whilst there are a vast number of dab stations, if your travelling up and down the country the signal drops out frequently. I have had dab and fm in this and my last car and to be honest only use the FM. Try switching a station from the dab signal to fm and you will notice the quality difference. Plus the FM always tunes to the strongest signal whereas dab won't. 

 

I agree, LBC is the only reason I use dab but the constant dropouts are really annoying. If I could receive LBC on FM I'd switch in a heartbeat.

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look at kufatec dab retrofit, it will code itself to the car and fool the car into thinking it has oem dab

 

 

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I bought a dab aftermarket jobby but never installed it properly past testing it. 

 

I just listen to www radio streamed from the phone if I want to listen to LBC etc.

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18 hours ago, kjb1 said:

look at kufatec dab retrofit, it will code itself to the car and fool the car into thinking it has oem dab

 

 

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  • only for cars without CD changer / DVD changer"

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I'm in Inverness. I think I'm going to go for the Fistune option. Expensive, but will look and work like the OEM setup.

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I have ordered THIS , which is being fitted next week.  I'll update the thread with the results!

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I looked at that  - but ouch on price!
Looking forward to seeing if it delivers on the promise - definitely sold as the only truly OEM integration alternative. Fingers crossed for you!

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The aerial is hardly OEM with all the gubbins stuck to your window :unsure:

 

I've had one on a few cars now. Hardly notice it at all.

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I have ordered THIS , which is being fitted next week.  I'll update the thread with the results!

 

 

thats exactly what I was saying to go for. I have the fistune kufatec bluetooth module installed on my car with my CIC retrofit, and it works brilliantly, allows me a2dp streaming over standard bluetooth aswell!!

 

 

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I live in the south, dab never drops out, could even get radio 1 ,2 and 4 in north France. DAB is Wide band audio so vastly better across high and Low frequency than FM.

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Installer can't fit this for me until August 23rd now, so the update will have to be postponed a tad!

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Can you not fit yourself, there is not a lot to it. Fitted my CIC and fistune bluetooth kit, lots of walkthroughs on youtube!!

 

 

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Not long to go now, kit being fitted next Wednesday - I'll update the thread once done. I hope it's worth the outlay!

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Well, the Fistune DAB was fitted today, and it's fantastic so far! Lots of stations and looks pretty OEM to me too!

 

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